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Old 06-22-2011, 02:12 AM   #1
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OK I took the plunge (75 G low tech potted plants)


the setup is in this thread:

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/lo...tegy-work.html

got the plants last Thursday, put the fish in the following day. so far so good. didn't mineralize the soil though. the N and P level is stable so far, with NO3 = 5 ppm and PO4 = 0 ppm. the swords and crypts are growing well. here's a snapshot tonight at 5 days after setting up. Hopefully it will "all just work". Let's see when algae will show up. Excuse the gold fish, they will be moved into the pond in my backyard once I got large fish in the tank.

Lighting: 112 W of T5NO. Tank: 75 Gallon.
In the pot: cotton plug at bottom, topped by pool filter sand and top soil from Home Depot (total = ~0.5 in), sprinkled with MiracleGro and RootTab (Seachem), then filled with top soil, and topped with pool filter sand again.
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:15 AM   #2
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Awesome plants.
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:29 AM   #3
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Very nice and simple, you should add a red ech. to break it up a little.

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Very nice and simple, you should add a red ech. to break it up a little.

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thanks. is there a variety that's red even in a non-CO2 tank?

I have Ech. "Oriental" in the tank, b/c I thought their leaves will be red, but actually in the tank only their new leaves are pink, and they turn green when mature. the other Ech. variety is just the regular one that stays green all the time. would be nice to have a red one like you said.
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:36 AM   #5
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Red rubin swords I think are red. Very nice tank!
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:59 AM   #6
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thanks. is there a variety that's red even in a non-CO2 tank?

I have Ech. "Oriental" in the tank, b/c I thought their leaves will be red, but actually in the tank only their new leaves are pink, and they turn green when mature. the other Ech. variety is just the regular one that stays green all the time. would be nice to have a red one like you said.
The other option is to plant some smaller reddish crypts around the bases or in smaller pots.

The red rubin as above or a quick google search gave me the red flame ech

or red diamond ech.


Didn't look into the needs of them but echs are usually pretty low maintenence

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Old 06-22-2011, 11:18 AM   #7
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Wow, what an amazing tank - I love it for its "uniqueness", like a garden room with fish!
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The other option is to plant some smaller reddish crypts around the bases or in smaller pots.

The red rubin as above or a quick google search gave me the red flame ech

or red diamond ech.


Didn't look into the needs of them but echs are usually pretty low maintenence

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Thank you so much for the effort. I should look into it. Didn't know so much about these red varieties.
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:19 PM   #9
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Tiger lotus are pretty. They come in colours from bright pinky red through to maroon and green. Im told that they are medium light plants but I have loads in my ultra low light tank which are flourishing.
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I really like the way it looks with the pots right in there.
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Wow, what an amazing tank - I love it for its "uniqueness", like a garden room with fish!
thanks. that's what I had in mind when I set it up. I still don;t like the arrangement of the pots though, looks a little bit boring to me, but my artistic creativity stop right there for now. Ideas ideas....
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I really like the way it looks with the pots right in there.
Hi hydro, thanks! The idea of using pots comes partially inspired by your planter system.
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Wow very coool. Never seen anything like that. I like your driftwood set up also!!
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I love the lay out actually and cant think of a more artistic layout... other then the suggestion of a touch of red. The juxtaposition of the pots vs. fish is most striking. Had to do a double take and soak it in. That is what excited me most about it. Maybe a mid-sized grower to transition between the two main plants (bronze) or something potted in one of the ones lying on it side like a moss of some sort. Possibly moving one of the larger pots 2nd in from the right and leaving the smaller one farthest right. So much for just the suggestion of red, lol.

Or leaving it as is a bit longer
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maybe you could use different sized pots like people do with rocks, have a couple of big standout rocks with "rubble" rocks all around them. Just a thought.

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